If Only

Yes the ‘if onlys’ seem to persist for ever

As hovering wraithlike used-up dreams.

‘if only ‘ this or that

On such and such a day

Had varied by an hour or an inch

Or something neglected had been done

Or that something done had been neglected

Then ‘perhaps’ the other might have been:

But then

‘perhaps’ and ‘if only’ are first cousins

Addicted to survival only in our minds.

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An inspirational writer whose roots are biographical as well as observational or experienced dealing with the dichotomous nature of human existence juxtaposing many of the elements of a contemporary culture. Inspired by Peggy Shannon my work encapsulated under a title of feelings and fate is dedicated to her.

Last updated November 12, 2017